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Hunter named to first Pro Bowl, three other Vikings also make roster

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates after making a sack during the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Dec. 16 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brace Hemmelgarn / USA TODAY Sports

EAGAN, Minn. -- In the midst of the best season of his career, Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter has been named to Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. He highlights the Vikings’ Pro Bowl selections, which also include linebacker Anthony Barr, safety Harrison Smith and wide receiver Adam Thielen.

Hunter, 24, has already racked up a career-high 14K sacks this season. He is tied for second in the NFL in sacks, trailing only Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (16K).

As the Vikings noted earlier this week, Hunter is the first player since J.J. Watt and Khalil Mack in 2015 to record at least 65 tackles, 14 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in a season. Oh, and there are still two games left.

Meanwhile, Barr and Smith will be making their fourth straight Pro Bowl appearances, and Thielen will be making his second straight appearance.

Barr, 26, earned the selection despite missing three games with a hamstring injury. He has 49 total tackles while also making his presence felt as a pass rusher.

Smith, 29, has started every game this season, stuffing the stat sheet with 71 total tackles, a trio of sacks, a trio of interceptions, a forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Thielen, 28, is in the middle of his best season, hauling in 105 receptions for 1,255 yards. He is second in the league in receptions, trailing only New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (109).

Any players not named to the Pro Bowl, which will be held Jan. 27 in Orlando, Fla., will still have a chance to be chosen as alternates. They will replace injured players and players on the teams in the Super Bowl.

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